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China’s Growing Interest in Gilgit-Baltistan
Senge H. Sering | 17 Jul , 2013 0 comments
China’s Growing Interest in Gilgit-Baltistan

Recent agreements between China and Pakistan during the visit of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Beijing on July 4 reflect China’s growing interest in Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan. The situation allows China to obtain the natural resources required to sustain its economic and industrial growth, and extend her sphere of...

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The thinking man and the fighting man
The thinking man and the fighting man

The date, May 23, 2013, may well go down in the history of the Indian republic as a day when the first rays of a new dawn began to shed light on the culture of barren strategic thought within the national security establishment. On this day, the prime minister of India laid the foundation stone for the proposed Indian National Defence...

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New Iran Prez can’t do wonders
Kanwal Sibal | 25 Jun , 2013 1 comment
New Iran Prez can’t do wonders

Hassan Rowhani’s election as President of Iran on June 14 is unlikely to materially change the dynamics of the conflict between Iran and the western powers.  The “reformists” in Iran who have backed Rowhani want improved handling of Iran’s diplomacy though not at the cost of yielding on principles. On the nuclear issue and relations...

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Our war on terror, the long haul
Vikram Sood | 06 Jun , 2013 2 comments
Our war on terror, the long haul

Soon after Mir Jaffar did a deal with Robert Clive and helped him grab Bengal in 1757, adivasis in the East Godavari district revolted in 1770 protesting against their exploitation by local jagirdars and traders. Other revolts followed through to the 20th century against similar British exploitation. The forces were not only inadequate in...

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Blood trail in Red Corridor
Blood trail in Red Corridor

The Maoist attack in Bastar on a Congress convoy was one of the more serious incidents. It has been variously described as attack on the nation, an attack on the very idea of India and a conspiracy. There is pressure on the state to strike back. The consequence of such hyperbole can lead to overreaction. What is required is a well-considered...

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